Stacy has been one of my very good creative friends for years, so I was excited when she agreed to do an interview! Here it is, for my dear readers:
1. What did you have for breakfast this morning?
A bowl of oatmeal with organic milk, wheat germ, golden flax sprouts, and sliced apple bananas with a dash of cinnamon and vanilla extract for good measure.
2. What do you find most inspiring about where you live?
Our little house and our garden makes me HapPy. And that keeps me inspired everyday in countless ways. Everyday I stare out my windows and see the beautiful green and colorful lush garden outside. Oranges, reds, purples, pinks, shades of greens, chartreuse, silvery whites from the plants and flowers. Dark grays, chocolate brown, white from the homes outside. Terra cotta pots, light green lichen on the trees, light pale gray white from the hanging Pele’s hair. Curling ferns, spiky leaves, long straight leaves, short round leaves…so many shapes too numerous to count. And this is only from my back garden.
3. What kind of music are you into lately?
I’m more of a TV DVD Movie watcher versus a music listener. If I don’t have the TV on, most of the time I’m just listening to the minah birds, doves, and other birds outside my home singing or talking to each other from one branch to the next while I’m tapping away at my keyboard. Not to mention my little lovebird chirping happily away in our home. When I’m in my car, the radio is on and this is the only time I really have music playing but for the life of me I couldn’t tell you what songs were playing.
4. Is etsy/creating your full time business? If not, what do you do in real life?
No, Etsy is not my full time business. I recently quit my full time job which was being an attorney with the Prosecutor’s office. I’m not practicing law at the moment but perhaps in the future. Right now, I’m doing a little of this and a little of that. So, along with Etsy, I’m doing real estate with my mom, helping with my relatives’ “marketing design”, and I have other projects waiting in the wings.
5. What is your favorite craft venture and why?
My favorite and so far only craft ventures are my Etsy shops…Stacy’s Designs 88, Blue Lovebirds, and Lilikoi Cottage. Yes, I have 3 shops. Crazy yeah? Stacy’s Designs 88 is my first shop and I recently opened the other 2 shops to start specializing. I’m still working on this “specialization” process which is taking a bit of time and energy. I love creating and then seeing my creations sell. It’s a thrill. I love communicating and working with my customers on their custom orders be it bridal parties, gifts, or for themselves. I really find pleasure when my customers love the jewelry I have created. It keeps me going.
6. Was there someone in your life who was a creative inspiration for you?
When I was growing up, my Dad and my Aunty Dorene were my creative inspirations. My dad is talented and can draw very well. He loves to sketch and doodle. He used to draw up blue prints when he first started working. I think he would enjoy painting but he’s color blind and I think that’s what stops him from pursuing it. My Aunt got me on the road to creating. When she was attending the university and getting her teaching degree, I was her guinea pig at a young age. So, I remember her teaching me how to make puppets with felt, and other art activities.
7. What else do you make other than art that you’re great at?
Hey, everything I make is art even if it’s not “art art”. I Love to bake desserts—my current favs are Red Velvet cupcakes. I decorate the cupcakes with cute cupcake tins, white white frosting, and different colored sprinkles. For our family dinners, I’m the one always assigned to create the salad. I love to make it both tasty, healthy, and colorful. My salads are more like fruit vege salads…like salad extravaganza! In my cooking/baking, I’m really into not only how it “tastes” but how it “looks”. My friend Laurie once told me she likes to cook bc it’s like creating art. Years ago when she said this, I couldn’t comprehend this because I was not into cooking. But, now that I cook, I totally get what she means. And besides Cooking, presentation of the food is also an art in itself.
8. When did you first start creating things?
My earliest memory of creating something was when I was in 1st Grade. I still remember a poem I wrote about a bunny rabbit. Hmmm, now that I think about it, I also used to have a favorite yellow bunny that I used to carry around everywhere. Was that poem an Ode to my Bunny?
9. What is your creative process like?
It’s hard to describe. Sometimes, I look at things and then an idea will literally pop into my head. Other times, a lot of things will be running through my head, I’ll play around with my materials, and then I get it into my head that I have to do “X” and then I start doing it. I like to complete a project and go with the flow until it’s done. But, I find it hard to stick to doing the same old thing. So, I’m always working on a new and different project. I can be creating a necklace, then move onto earrings, then start creating a Tag or card.
10. What’s a cool thing that you think everyone should know about?
I don’t want to sound corny but I think everyone should check out Etsy because there are so many cool handmade items to be found there created by artisans all over the world. I constantly meet people who know nothing about Etsy and I just have to tell them about it and get them hooked. It’s amazing, or maybe not so amazing, the number of people who haven’t heard about Etsy.
11. What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you?
Okay, I don’t know if I’ve had “crazy” things happen to me. But this happened to me when I vacationed in Paris by myself. On my way to Paris, I learned 5 words/phrases in French to get me by. Like “Can you speak English”, “Thank You”…you get the picture. I’m terrible at languages. Now, this was my first time visiting France and the first time being by myself in a Foreign country where English was not their primary language. I was a bit nervous about surviving my week in Paris alone.
While I was at the Louvre Museum, I was getting a bite to eat at the museum’s café. This was probably like my 2nd day in Paris. From the corner of my eye, I noticed one of the museum café’s waiters trying to explain something to this Chinese National couple but they weren’t getting it. But I understood what the waiter was trying to say to them in French! So, I stepped in and explained in English to the couple what the waiter was saying to them in French. Luckily, they spoke some English so they were able to understand me. In the end, I had a happy couple and a happy waiter. It was at that moment that I knew that I could survive my vacation in Paris alone. I was so happy! Who would’ve thunk?
12. Where’s your dream vacation spot?
I have so many…I want to revisit Italy, England and France with Jimmy. Let’s see there’s also Spain, New Zealand, Greece, Ireland, Japan, Hong Kong…
13. What’s the last thing you bought online?
I’ve been trying to be good and not buy too many things. But, recently I bought some gemstones for a custom order, more Swarovski crystals, more Sterling Silver charms getting ready for the Christmas season,,,hello, my name is Stacy and I’m a online shopaholic…stop me please!
14. In a perfect world without the constraints of reality, what would you be doing?
If I could do anything and money grew on my tree, Jimmy and I would travel to wherever we wanted to first class and live it up wherever we went. We would go to all the top events like the Olympics, the Oscars, the Super Bowl. I would have my own craft show sorta like Martha Stewart but locally based in Hawaii. We would live in different places in the world like Tuscany, Provence, New York. And, then we would sometimes just sit by our eternity pool in our backyard overlooking both the Pacific Ocean and the mountains and enjoy the company of our family and friends.
15. Do you make a signature dish? What is it?
I think I make a mean Red Velvet Cake and a pretty sloppy (in a good way) Lasagna.
16. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Never go back, keep moving forward.
17. What’s your most treasured possession?
If there’s one thing that I can just stare at and feel happy that I “possess” it, then it would have to be my Grandma’s Miriam Haskell necklace.
18. Do you have any pets?
We have our one and only Tobey. She’s a Lovebird. But she thinks she’s acts more like a dog with feathers. Never a dull moment. My husband Jimmy can understand Lovebird chirps now. This means “open my drawer”, that means “hey, did you hear me? Open my drawer!”, and then that non-stop shrieking means “Hey Mom, don’t you know you need to open up my drawer!?!” We LoVe her like nobodies’ business.
19. What’s your best garage sale find?
My Best: Okay, I don’t have “Bests” but I do love the sewing box full of Vintage buttons, a Queen Sized chenille white bedspread, a Japanese Lacquered tea set…
The Thing that Got Away: I still mourn the loss of the Le Creuset deal of a century that I walked away from and regret til this day. The gal was moving and wanted to sell at least 5 different pots in different colors and sizes for only, get this, $75. I was young, naïve, not much of a cook, but I loved the look and the colors…didn’t even know what the brand was until later. My dream is to one day own a great set that I love. And, if I can find it at a garage sale for a steal that would make my day. Sigghhhh….
20. What are you most passionate about?
My passions come and go like the wind! Right now it’s trying to get down to a decent body weight and eating healthy. I’m even writing everything down in a Food Journal. And, I saw a dietitian. My mantras…Portion control, more veges and fruits, more exercise!
As a bonus, Stacy has offered 15% off any item in any of her 3 shops until September 20th! Just add “fan of the craft begins” in your note to seller and she’ll refund you via paypal. Thanks Stacy!